Like many knitters, I thought, for a long time, that full fingered gloves were too hard or too fiddly. Early on, they seemed like a mysterious item that were impossible to make. Well, not impossible as such, since somebody out there obviously made them, but all those fingers? How was it even done?
I’m here to report, like others before me, that it’s entirely possible and not at all tricky. Maybe a tiny bit fiddly. But altogether satisfying and fun! Here are my Knotty Gloves.
They are designed by the very clever Julia Meuller who has a lot of amazingly designed gloves to her name and this will not be my last pair.
I did these instead of a pair of socks, as part of the Super Special Six Pattern Sock Club, which totally makes sense right? Socks? Gloves? They are all similar in concept and designed to warm up the extremeties. Only difference is that as far as a replacement for a sock pattern goes, these use a lot less yarn. One skein of Lorna’s Laces sock yarn went into these socks (it was a gift from Drk) so I have a whole skein left over.
Gloves are really fast. The only thing that slowed these ones down was the cable. It wasn’t hard, just required attention. And I had to knit it twice on the first glove because I got so carried away I forgot to include the start of the thumb. So really, I knitted this cable three times in total. I was very comfortable with it by the time I reached the second glove.
Ordinarily I wouldn’t go for a variegated yarn with such an intricate cable but I felt confident the variegation in this yarn (colourway is Aslan) was light enough to let the cable shine through. And I think it works. I’m not thrilled with how the colours become more blocky in the top of the hand – it’s the one thing that would put me off doing a glove again in anything other than a solid colour but light definitely works best with these I think.
And the fingers? Everyone seems to assume that this is the worst part of gloves but seriously, it’s not that bad. There are on average about 20 stitches on each finger – so five on each needle which means they go really, really fast. This week I basically knitted one each day on the bus.
The concept is simple. When the hand is the right length, put all the stitches on waste yarn and for each finger, pick up the right number from the front and back, knit a small tube. Absolutely not fiddly or difficult at all. And so fast. How long does it take to knit a small tube? No time at all. If you’ve got any reservations about gloves being painful or difficult, lose it. So straight forward.
They got their first out today at a protest rally. Canberra is well and truly cold enough for gloves now and I know these are going to get loads of wear.
I have to make more because these are far from perfect. Like a first pair of socks, these were a learning experience and I would change the fingers on some of them, making them a tiny bit longer in some instances, and a bit narrower in others.
And honestly, the designer has some seriously impressive looking variations. I’m itching to try more.